|Advent Storybook and 24 Candles|
We celebrated the month of December with Advent Calendars, 4 - one for each child. We started out with three, with the kids on a rotating schedule taking turns with each calendar, but Faith created a fourth Calendar so no one would require a "day off." :)
Christmas Eve was a wonderful evening shared with friends. Cheese Fondue and plenty of sweet treats after. The kids watched a movie while the adults visited into the evening.
Christmas Day was quiet - cinnamon buns and hot chocolate for breakfast, sharing gifts and building new Lego sets together, a water fight outside in the mid-morning sun, and a family roast beef dinner late in the afternoon. It was a fun day. I think we tired Calvin out, because on Christmas Day and Boxing Day he fell asleep in the afternoon (not normal for him anymore) on Rob's lap, and then on mine while I was reading new books to the kids.
Now we anticipate the new year coming in next week. We would ask that you pray for the country of Madagascar and the political situation here. December 20th, the second round of presidential elections were held and we are praying for peace as the results are announced on January 7th. If the "right" guy doesn't win, there very well may be some unrest amongst the people, which could make for some excitement around here. We are praying things remain peaceful, to say the least. And beyond that, we are praying that when the elected official does get into office, he has the good of Madagascar in mind as things move forward.
Speaking of political unrest, please also keep South Sudan in your prayers. Our MAF team was evacuated to Kenya last week because of the dangerous situation there. So over the holiday season, other MAF families have blessed workers from South Sudan in their homes as they spend Christmas away from "home." You can read actual news of the evacuation from MAF UK's website here
We hope your family also had a merry Christmas, and we wish you a happy new year!